First Friday: Field Operations

The landscape architecture and urban design firm opens its doors for an in-person visit.

December 1, 2023
6:00 p.m.

James Corner Field Operations | Qianhai’s Guiwan Park, Shenzhen, China, 2021. Image credit: Holi Photography

The League’s First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

Field Operations is a landscape architecture and urban design practice known for significant public realm projects such as the High Line and the Qianhai Water City master plan. Founded in 1999 in Philadelphia, the firm is now based in New York City, with offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Shenzhen, and London. 

The firm designs across a variety of project types and scales, from city sectors and institutional campuses to intimate gardens and roof terraces. In the firm’s own words, “This range of project types exemplifies our capacity to think creatively in terms of community, ecology, economics, development, and programming—embraced through bold physical design, spatial experience, and the poetics of place.”

Completed projects include:

High Line – Moynihan Connector  Designed in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Woodland and Timber bridges connect the High Line’s immersive landscape with the Moynihan Train Hall.

Qianhai’s Guiwan Park  This 2.2-kilometer-long coastal park is the first “water finger” of the Qianhai Water City master plan Field Operations developed in 2010, with zones that bridge natural ecology and the urban environment.

Presidio Tunnel Tops Field Operations designed this 14-acre park that bridges over a newly tunneled parkway in San Francisco’s Presidio to give park goers walkable access to the waterfront via interconnected pathways, overlooks, and gathering places.

Current and upcoming projects include:

The Underline Phase 3  This 10-mile-long multimodal corridor design reimagines the space underneath Miami’s elevated train tracks to include community spaces, bike lanes, and resilient infrastructure.

Freshkills Park  Nearly three times the size of Central Park, Field Operations’ 2001 master plan aims to transform this site from landfill to parklands over 30 years, in coordination with city and state agencies.

Waterfront Seattle  This master plan is designed to reclaim 1.5 miles of industrial waterfront in Seattle, creating new green infrastructure and public spaces as well as integrating with the city’s downtown.